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Florida's Civic Literacy Requirement

Per Section 1007.25 of the Florida Statutes, all students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy.

  Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1 Students first entering the SUS/FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2 Students first entering the SUS/FCS in the fall 2018-summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3 Students first entering the SUS/FCS in summer B 2021 and after Complete both a course and exam

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.006 requires students to demonstrate competency in civic literacy prior to graduation.

(a) To satisfy Course Competency: Successfully passing either POS X041 (American Government) or AMH X020 (Introductory Survey Since 1877)

(b) To satisfy Exam Competency: Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment Standard Score Meets Exam Competency
Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FLCE) 48/80 or 60% yes
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test: Civics (U.S. History and government) with supplemental questions 60/100 or 60% yes

(c) Successfully passing an accelerated mechanism to satisfy either the Course or Exam Competency - or Both

Assessment Standard Score Meets Course Competency Meets Exam Competency
AP Gov and U.S. Politics 3 yes yes
AP U.S. History 4 yes yes
CLEP American Government 50 yes yes
Cambridge AICE History, U.S. History, c. 1789-1917 (AS-Level) A-E yes NO
IB History: History of America 5-7 yes NO

The Four Competency Areas

Competency 1

American Democracy. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.


Competency 2

U.S. Constitution. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application.


Competency 3

Founding Documents. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government.


Competency 4

Landmark Impact on Law & Society. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.


For a more detailed look at the four competency areas, please refer to the document below: